Christopher Scarborough

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12 Lonely Negative Words

Are you disgusted, disgruntled and disheveled? Well, unfortunately you’re never going to be gusted, gruntled or sheveled. <i>Disgusted, disgruntled</i> and</i> …

11 Little-Known Words for Specific Family Members

The words we use for family members in English are specific about some things, and vague about others. Our vocabulary marks a distinction between our …

Language

Why Does Q (Almost) Always Go With a U?

Leaving aside for now the few foreign loanwords (e.g., Qatar, Iraq) where Q shows up without a U, an English Q is the only letter that can't go …

20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using

You’d probably be surprised by how much Latin you actually already know. Hundreds of words—like <i>memo</i>, <i>alibi</i>, <i>agenda</i>, <i>census</i>, <i>veto</i>, <i>alias</i>, <i>via</i>, <i>alumni</i>,</i> …

Language

Escape the Idea of Being Perpetually Busy by Tweaking Your Language

It's easy to get caught up in the notion that you're too busy to do anything, but it's most likely due to your mindset. It can be helpful to stop …

This Comma Cost America About $40 Million

The error occurred in a tariff act passed that same year.<p>Tariffs, or fees imposed on imported goods, are one of the oldest kinds of taxes in the US. The government used to support a substantial portion of its budget through them.<p>The first was enacted as part of the Tariff Act of 1789.<p>Years passed, …

The Punctuation Guide Teaches You to Communicate More Clearly

Proper punctuation is key to written communication, but it can be difficult to master. The Punctuation Guide is a webapp that teaches you to use …

Creative Writing

Giving Stephen Hawking a voice

Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking's computer, which he used to …

'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English

Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.<p>As an experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker <i>thinks</i> about writing. As a linguist, he thinks about <i>writing</i>.<p>In <i>The Sense of Style: The</i> …

The Financial Consequences of Saying 'Black,' vs. 'African American'

People make vastly different assumptions about salary, education, and social status depending on which phrase is used.<p>One hundred years ago, “Colored” was the typical way of referring to Americans of African descent. Twenty years later, in the time of W.E.B. Du Bois, it was purposefully dropped to …

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

I get it – you’re an atheist. You should still capitalize “God”

Using a lowercase “God” is like Fox News hacks saying “Democrat Party.” It shows dumb disrespect to others, grammar<p>In a world wracked by war, climate change and economic inequality, this may seem a trivial point. In fact, it almost certainly is. And in a “new atheism” debate characterized by mutual …

11 Nouns That Only Have a Plural Form

Of all the grammar concepts we have, “plural” seems to be one of the most straightforward. You got one thing? It’s singular. Got more than one thing? …

Willie Nelson

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Can vowels make or break a brand name? - Futurity

The vowel sounds in a brand name can change the way people think and make decisions about the product, say researchers.

So Here's Why Everyone Is Starting Sentences With The Word 'So'

Fast Company recently attacked the use of "so" at the start of sentences, claiming it insults your audience, undermines your credibility, and demonstrates discomfort with the subject matter.<p>But linguistically, the use of "so" at the beginning of sentences can serve an important function.<p>Facebook …

13 Surprising Ways Your Name Affects Your Success

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.<p>We took a look at the research and have highlighted some of the surprising findings below:<p><b>If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.</b><p>In a New York …

The 4 Most Persuasive Words In The English Language

No matter how unselfish you are, you probably still find yourself trying to influence people to do the things you want them to do. So why fight it? Here are the four most effective words you can use to achieve your goals.

Semi-, Hemi-, Demi-: What’s the Difference?

English has a number of prefixes that come from the concept of “half.” Why do we have so many? And what’s the difference between them?<p>1. SEMI<p><i>Semi-</i>, …

10 Words That Started Out as Errors

<b>Vocabulary.com, posted by Arika Okrent</b><p>Language change is driven by mistakes. If every generation of children perfectly learned what they heard spoken …

Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight - MIT Technology Review

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy approached the eastern coast of the United States. At the same time, the English language was undergoing a small …

These Charts Show Which Languages Have The Most Global Influence

Many of most-spoken languages in the world — like Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic — are far from being the most influential.<p>As new MIT-led research suggests, those languages live in relative isolation, while a few tiny tongues are hugely influential.<p>"A language like Dutch — spoken by 27 million people …

We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve

In 2004, Noam Chomsky — pioneering MIT linguist, cognitive scientist, education guru, <i>Occupy</i> pamphleteer — sat down with McGill University professor <b>James McGilvray</b> to talk about the origin and purpose of language. In 2009, the two reconvened to discuss how half a decade of scientific progress, …

1980s Slang Poster is Righteous

Husband and wife team Timothy and Aurelia Sanders, working under the company name Charley Chartwell, designed this blast from the past: a poster of …

19 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art

Today marks the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. Or, if you prefer, the most wonderful time of the year. 'Tis the season of rosy cheeks, icy sidewalks and hot chocolate, all the makings of a spectacular Bing Crosby holiday movie.<p>But winter …

Why Your Passwords Are Easy To Hack

Social media accounts, banking, online shopping. We all have to keep more passwords than we can count, and that makes it tempting to use passwords …

'People are more logical in a foreign language'

People make decisions differently depending on whether they are operating in a first or second language, the team from Barcelona's Universidad Pompeu …

Language Learning

China censors the word 'censorship'

Screenshot from Feng Xiaogang's acceptance speech.<p>China's broadening media censorship to include: regulations on editors, editorial processes and content, management of news websites, and overall social media use. On April 16 an article entitled, 'SARFT to Enhance Control Over Editors' Online …

China

8 New Punctuation Marks We Need

Our punctuation choices could really use an update, and CollegeHumor.com is proposing we add these 8 New Punctuation Marks to our collective writing …